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Kabsa in Arabic‎ kabsah) is a rice dish served mostly in Saudi Arabia and Jordan

  1. 1/3 cup oil or butter
  2. 1 ½ kg chicken, with skin
  3. Coriander powder 1 spoon
  4. Chilli powder 1 spoon
  5. Black pepper powder 1 spoon
  6. Chopped onion 1 cup
  7. Chopped garlic ½ cup
  8. Chopped Ginger 1” piece
  9. Tomatoes 1 cup Chopped
  10. 2 spoon tomato paste
  11. 2 spoon baharat spices(***)
  12. 1 dried black lime
  13. 4 cups basmati rice
  14. 6 ¼ cups chicken stock or water
  15. Toasted nuts almonds pine nuts pistachios (to your choice)
  16. Boiled eggs
  17. Fresh coriander/ fried raisins/ fresh lime


  • Marinate the rinsed and drained chicken with coriander powder, chilli powder and black pepper powder
  • Chop the onion, garlic and tomatoes
  • Heat the oil/ butter in a pan and saute the onion and garlic till softened
  • Add ginger
  • Saute, adding some salt to draw out moisture
  • In another pan heat some butter and fry the marinated chicken just till golden colour on both sides
  • When the onions are nicely sauted and golden add the chopped tomatoes and tomato paste till moisture evaporates
  • Add the baharat spices, ***
  • Add the dried lime. Stir well
  • Transfer the onion mixture to a larger pot.
  • Add the chicken to this pot and cook just stirring gently till coated all over
  • When the oil separates add stock or water
  • Bring to boil. Cover and cook the chicken for 20 min.
  • Remove the chicken pieces and keep stock separate
  • Broil the chicken pieces in preheated oven for 10 minutes to form the crust over chicken
  • Fry the drained rice in the same butter
  • And to the pot of chicken stock and cover and cook till done
  • Fluff up the rice with a fork adding a little butter
  • Squeeze lemon on the chicken pieces
  • Top up with the broiled chicken, boiled eggs, chopped coriander leaves and nuts and raisins

How to prepare baharat spice mix

  • 4 tablespoons black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons coriander
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons cloves
  • 3 tablespoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom
  • 4 teaspoons nutmeg
  • 4 tablespoons paprika

Grind all the above spices to fine powder and keep in airtight container

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